Are you familiar with fennel? It's a very popular root vegetable here in the Mediterranean and Middle East, and for good reason! And my friends, right now is fennel season, which means that not only is fennel quite inexpensive, it's at it's best!
I am enjoying fennel everyday as I just can't resist. We love it raw as a simply delicious salad, and it's great with my Moroccan yellow chicken recipe. The other night I tried it with some ground chicken pot-cooked patties, and it was perfect. You can also roast it Italian style, or even use it in white bean soups. While I think the taste is quite mild, there are those who prefer it cooked and milder. However you choose, think about including some fennel in your menu planning!
Note: Cut off the stalks and generally the outer layer is removed to reveal the more tender inside. Any small leafy green areas should also be removed as they may contain bugs.